We recently featured the beautiful Thailand on our top long haul destinations list for 2017, and we fully expect Thailand island hopping to become of the top things to do in the world! With budget flights to Bangkok being more desired and the hunt for the most tranquil and breathtaking island in Thailand, you’ll want to visit every single island. There are hundreds of islands that make up Thailand so we’ve got a list of the best islands that are absolutely worth a visit.
If you’re looking for a quiet island in Thailand, Ko Lipe should be the first place you visit. You can find this stunning island on the southwest of Thailand and the island is so small that travellers can walk around the whole island in just over an hour. On your walk you’ll come across breathtaking views that will have you questioning “is this place even real?” There are three main beaches which boast plenty of accommodation so there’s nothing stopping you from staying over-night on this island of paradise.
Ko Lanta Yai
Fans of water sports, Ko Lanta Yai should be top of your list of which Thai islands to visit. On the west coast you can find several sun-kissed beaches and the perfect opportunity to go snorkelling and scuba diving thanks to the un-touched coral reefs and stunning marine life which include manta rays and whales! If you fancy staying on land, there are tropical ancient rainforests to explore. Find out more here.
Ko Tao is quickly becoming travellers favourite for being the most beautiful island in Thailand as well as one of the most exciting with plenty of activities and things to do. Scuba divers, rock climbers and hikers will find paradise on this island – if you’re learning to dive, this is the most popular destination in the world to learn this skill! There is plenty of marine life too making fishing enthusiasts flock here to see what they can get! As well as this, there are bars, restaurants and hotels so you can have an action-packed or relaxed holiday on this island in Thailand. Find out more about Ko Tao here.
Phuket is a real favourite for those who want to simply put their feet up and relax, we recommend including this on the itinerary of Thailand island hopping so you can relax and take a few moments out of your trip to appreciate the serene island. It is one of the top touristy areas outside of Bangkok and with plenty of beaches, nightclubs and shopping areas; you sure won’t be bored here! Other attractions also include golf courses, historical museums and monuments.
One of the best islands to visit in Thailand to delve into the culture is Ko Samui. There are a variety of different accommodations that range from bungalows to exclusive villas with spectacular views so definitely caters for every budget. With several festivals happening all year round including street fairs, you can be sure to explore some of the fascinating culture this island boasts.
Ko Tarutao is part of the Tarutao National Marine Park and so you can expect to find pristine beaches and a quiet atmosphere on them. There are spectacular views of the mountains and jungle scenery including limestone cliffs which is part of why Thailand is so famous. You might even spot some exotic wildlife as large turtles are visitors of the beautiful beaches on this Thailand island.
These are just a few of the best islands in Thailand that are definitely worth exploring. It’s easy to realise why Thailand island hopping as become incredibly popular, and if you’re looking for a unique holiday, a trip to Thailand is on the cards!